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Eddie the junk man

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Richard Wyeroski, Feb 6, 2018.

  1. Richard Wyeroski

    Richard Wyeroski Hangar Gold Member I

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    I always like to hang around airports and talk airplanes.......and on this day I met Eddie T, he
    was kinda looking for a pilot to fly for him. He was a big black guy and touch looking and he owned this plane that he wanted to fly around in. In getting to know each other, I discovered
    Eddie was in the junk business and he seemed to do pretty well owning an airplane and a pretty new Cadillac and a nice house where he lived with his wife. So I said "Ed what kinda a plane do you own." He said it was a Piper twin motor aircraft.......

    Eventually I met Ed to look at his plane and being somewhat cautious I asked him to bring his aircraft log books so I could check the paper work on the aircraft.

    Unfortunately the twin was out of annual and everything else so I had him bring it to my friend Richie, that had a small shop across the field to get it airworthy again.

    I soon discovered Ed took a bunch of flying instruction with various instructors and had quite a few hours in the twin. It was a pretty solid aircraft, being an early Aztec or what they call an Apache 235, which was a fairly good performer. As time went on Ed and I flew the 235 around so he could buy junk. His company specialized in cleaning out buildings and reprocessing the metal he got.

    Ed told me of a job he had cleaning out an old watch manufacturing company. He bid on the junk and cleaned out the place and piled all the metal he got in his junk yard. When he later he got to the junk, he discovered the steel racks he bought as scrap was covered with Gold from manufacturing all those gold watches for years. When all the smoke cleared Ed earned quite bundle melting down the gold.

    As time went on Ed eventually got rid of the Apache and stopped flying. It was interesting flying around with Ed the junkman buying junk.....I would miss the 235, since I could fly it around anytime I wanted.....!
     
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    Everett 757 Hangar Silver Member VII

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    Rich, thanks again for sharing another memorable story. I love real life stories like this. :)
     
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    ... thanks for sharing, Rich. I'd take a junk dealer over a snappy business man any day.
     
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    Everett 757 Hangar Silver Member VII

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    Me too.
     
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    Richard Wyeroski Hangar Gold Member I

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    I did. Eddie was cool and the real deal. He Liked flying and life and all that went with it. One day he invited me to meet him for dinner and drinks at his favorite bar. I walked in and well, it was interesting as everyone stared at me wondering like ....did you walk into the wrong place.....Eddie immediately met me and gave the okay that this is my instructor everyone smiled and we all had a good night drinking eating and listening to some good music:cool:
     
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    I left out an interesting situation that happened one night flying the Apache 235. Ed called me and wanted to fly somewhere for dinner with his wife and I could bring my girlfriend and dinner was on him. How could I turn this down. We met and had a good time good food and unfortunately I could not drink but everyone else did !

    The return flight was a nice clear night with smooth air.

    As we flew on, Eddie asked me about the auto pilot. It was real old and looked it! To operate it looked simple enough. Turn it on and then engage this long handle that would engage it. Well it engaged alright except it kinda died and went off but the auto pilot was. still connected and jammed the ailerons! Something like a car when the power steering fails!

    Nuts I thought here we are at night at 10PM and a half hour from MacArhtur Airport. I did not need stuck ailerons and then when Eddie and the girls realized that there was A problem they all became nervous.

    Well flying the 235 with limited aileron movement was not to bad since I had the rudder and elevator and just to be safe I called the tower and told them about the problem. Of course the tower rolled the emergency vehicles and fire trucks including the airport police!

    On final all the red flashing lights further scared everyone on board even me! I figured the FAA was going to go after me or something.....

    Well we landed okay with no problem. The police saw all was okay and that was it!

    It seems the auto pilot engaged in the off position somehow and caused the ailerons to get hard to move. I elected to keep them neutral and just used the rudder to turn and the landing was uneventful......All fun that happened over 30 years ago!
     
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